All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
Spielberg and Lucas infect Raiders of the Lost Ark with all the glee and frenetic spirit of children who've just been given their first toy guns. It's filmed with such a genuine love of its influences, its adventures and characters that you literally have to hang on to its plot much the same way Indy hangs on to his beloved hat and Ark of the Covenant loaded trucks.
Regardless of the argument about whether Indiana Jones actually affects the end of the story, for me it's about his persistence and determination to do what's right than be a hero for the ages.
That, and the fact he looks fucking cool in a fedora.
This is the epitome of adventure films. A classic that will has stood the test of time and has yet to be topped by any of its sequels or rip-offs.
The original and the best. (Great extras on the blu-ray too.) Sadly now I've watched this, things only gets worse. And to really rub it in, I've got monkey swinging Shia to look forward to...
This 1981 American adventure film is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey and Denholm Elliott
After recently returning from a hair-raising expedition in the jungles of Peru, renowned university teacher and professional archaeologist Indiana Jones (Ford) is hired by US Army Intelligence to find and locate the fabled Ark of the Covenant; something the Nazis are searching for outside of Cairo, with Hitler obsessed with the occult and wanting to empower his army.
Traveling to Nepal Indiana reunites with old flame Marion Ravenwood (Allen), the daughter of his friend and mentor who was an expert on Ark lore. The two are soon facing danger at every turn as they travel…
Harrison Ford stars as one of the classic characters of film with Spielberg also at his peak.
A great introduction, great music, great sets, a great adventure, and great characters. Having the antithesis of Indiana Jones aboard for the adventure is a great detail to play with. There is also great detail in presenting the mythological items.
|King Costanza|: Taking advantage of a child beats out an angel with its wings covering its eyes, snakes and spiders.
Cool movie. The intro is epic.
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We seem to be standing and staring at a mountain, seemingly lost in our ways, immediately a trio of men arrives into the frame with such purpose, admired by their direction, we distinctively follow them. It was the figure with the fedora that stood out, he reveals a sense of confidence in the way he navigates through the Peru jungle, despite us unable to predict what exactly we are searching for; we follow because we need a hero to endure such a canvas. As one of the hero’s companions begins to display his loyalty, he immediately strikes with his whip, one that catches you off-guard; a tool that acts as his…
I blame The Mummy.
I never had a great affection for this film, and it remains as distant to me as ever. It was Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade that made me Indy fans. I mean, this is a well executed popcorn flick that doesn't really do anything wrong, and I grew up wondering about the Ark and adoring similar serials (Sunday School and Tintin were big components of my childhood), but that element of Raiders which has won the hearts of so many has always eluded me. I'd put this in the same basket as North by Northwest, a pure entertainment that never particularly grabbed me. As far as blockbuster cinema goes, this is an undeniable classic…
It bothered me a bit that Jones would be in an archaeological site and then lecturing a mixed gender second or third-year undergrads about said site within the year 1936. Normally he would need to write a paper about it, which will either be decimated or approved by either his colleagues and/or ten fourth year undergrads, and then he can lecture about it after he takes a sabbatical. Although (horny, ugh) female archaeological students and Marion wouldn't be a reality until about 25 years after the movie was set and that's me being generous, I AM glad that Kasdan/Lucas/Spielberg's made an au with them in it. Also yeah spiders.
Also if I had been seventeen I would have gone through this list like hellfire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Jones#Historical_models
"Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?"
"Try the local sewer."